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The Yuyuan Garden is a masterful example of Chinese garden architecture. The classical garden in the heart of Shanghai is home to water and rock formations that have been designed with the utmost precision, and according to Feng Shui principles. The organised asymmetry and alternating use of the elements make the garden feel much more spacious than it actually is. The pavilions, the zigzagging bridges and many nooks create a delightful garden to explore.
The Yuyuan Garden was created by local civil servant Pan Yanduan approximately 400 years ago. In addition to the 50 pavilions, terraces and towers that were typical of gardens during the Ming dynasty, he added a number of surprising elements. For example, the Exquisite Jade Rock. According to legend, this honeycomb weathered stone was destined for the emperor in the north of China. After a shipwreck on the nearby Huangpu Jiang River, the stone remained in Shanghai and became a perfect addition to the garden.
“"There is no place from where everything can be seen, one must discover the garden bit by bit."”